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Old 04-19-2007, 09:03 PM   #56
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Originally Posted by Condoleezza View Post
By telling the truth about Hana Mandlikova?
Please explain.

BTW, Mandlikova won 514 and lost 181 matches.
Condi, you seem to have a thing for dismissing the achievements of Hana Mandlikova. She was an incredible player with Grand Slam wins over Navratilova, Evert and Graf. She was, in my and others opinion an under achiever due to injury. Many of her losses came post her last GS victory in the 1987 AO. It is also well known that Hana was forced to recreate herself as a player due to a chronic back injury in the early 1980's. You point out the demolition job Steffi did on her in the 88 AO Q/F. Post 87 Hana was struggling to string matches together in tournaments and it was not unusual for her to capitulate badly mid tournament to the truly great players.........Navratilova, Graf, Evert. She also fell to some average players. In an extract from her autobiography "Hana"(1989) she says,"The game is going to change when Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova retire and no one should underestimate the marvellous advertisement they have been for womens tennis. The emphasis of the game could switch to Europe, with Steffi heading the cast of top European players. Steffi is already on record as hinting that she does not wish to stay in the game as long as Chris and Martina have. It is not easy to retain your eagerness, motivation, or even health, for a ten year span." Given this book was published in 1989 - quite an insight I believe.
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